CECAFA Kagame Cup
Express FC vs Atlabara FC
4 PM @Azam Complex Chamazi, Dar-es-Saalam, Tanzania
Game live on Azam TV.
Uganda Premier League (UPL) title holders Express FC will start their CECAFA Kagame Cup campaign against South Sudanese side Atlabara FC on Monday, 2nd August 2021 at the Azam Complex Chamazi in Dar-es-Saalam, Tanzania.
Express return to the tournament after an eight-year absence and are hoping to mark their comeback with a bang, hoping to pick maximum points in their opening match.
Express Head Coach Wasswa Bbosa is confident that his charges are in good shape and with the house full, they’re only aiming for victory.
“We have been training very well since we arrived. I would say we have prepared well ahead of the game. The target is to start with a win to gain confidence going forward,” Bbosa told the club website.
Team skipper Enock Walusimbi and goalkeeper Denis Otim who have been away on national duty (CECAFA U-23 Championship) were the last players to join the camp and the former is upbeat just like everyone on the team.
“I am so happy to have joined the camp. The mood here is great, the players are fine and they know we are all here to win the trophy,” Walusimbi said.
The two teams are facing off for the very first time in the CECAFA Kagame Cup. Express FC have made the finals of the tournament twice (’94,’95) while Atlabara FC’s best finish remains a quarter final finish.
For Express, Forward George Ssenkaba is finally available after a long injury layoff.
Defensive midfeilder Abel Etrude is also available after shaking off a recurring knee injury.
New signings Goalkeeper Joel Mutakubwa and winger Joseph Akandwanaho are in line to make their debuts.
Skipper Enock Walusimbi and Goalkeeper Denis Otim are available too having joined up with the squad from Ethiopia where they’d been featuring for the Cranes at the CECAFA U23 Senior challenge cup.